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Organizing Communications for International Events

One of the most often overlooked cost for any travel or event is the cost of communications. Huge savings can be had just by moving away from the status quo of roaming on our domestic carrier networks. Cellhire USA participates in numerous events all over the globe. Specializing in international communications equipment, Cellhire makes staying connected easy while saving upwards to 60%. Proving their worth to entities like the US Olympic Committee and ESPN to ensure cellular, data and even satellite coverage is just another day at Cellhire. Most recently, Cellhire provided communications equipment for the various event planners at the Football World Cup through a relationship with the MTN Network in South Africa.

“Helping to manage group communications on foreign networks and ensure significant savings is what Cellhire is committed to.” Manager of Corporate Event Sales, Kirk Samuels, goes on to say, “Commitment to continuous improvement to our internal processes coupled with well trained and tenured staff allows us to pro-actively focus on creating customized packages for our event customers. Product bundles may include cellular with SMS Broadcast capabilities, data packages, satellite phones and satellite data connections or a mixture of services. We can even program your address book into your GSM cell phones as part of the service.”

Because their customers rent the equipment and the airtime for the country they are visiting, there are no long term commitments and better yet, no international roaming fees or activations to be managed.

On a domestic front, Cellhire offers of customized push-to-talk (PTT) services from both Nextel® and Verizon® to ensure coverage all over the US. All PTT services are customized and may include voice and group talk to your specifications. They also offer 2-way radio rentals. Everything comes to the end user ready to use.

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Why Pay Roaming, Go Local at FIFA WC2010?

Articles abound regarding high call and data charges while in South Africa. Consumer groups have issued several notices regarding the possible fees associated with domestic carriers when roaming abroad, especially on data intensive phones like the iPhone. All of these articles have one thing in common. They are talking about your international roaming charges with your local carrier, which begs the question …

Why roam on your domestic carrier and risk the outrageous bills? Why not go local?

Cellhire® secured over 7,000 lines on the MTN® network in South Africa, an official sponsor of this years games. Not only are we able to make some fabulously priced offers for the World Cup event complete with 24/7 support, we can navigate the countries RICA regulations for you and ensure you are properly registered with your local solution.

From SIM Only to BlackBerry® solutions to complete phone rental packages that include free incoming calls, there is every reason to expect outstanding savings. Worried about having to teach everyone to dial internationally on your MTN rental, ask us about FollowMe®. Friends and family will not have to dial internationally or keep a new number handy to reach you with this great add on feature.

We even have a great 5GB data bundle offer complete with the free DataManager® tool that will allow you the flexibility to get what you need and know your usage and, best of all, eliminate those surprisingly high bills.

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Even on a cruise ship

Salty sea air, incredible islands and ports-of-call, plenty of sun block, my busy tourist shirt, a big brimmed hat, all you can eat and dancing all night – I love being on a cruise. One caution though, if you think you may want to call home to brag to your friends and family, check on the kids or even check in on that deal you’ve been working on at the office; your phone may not work and if it does, the charges may be astronomical. That’s where Cellhire can help.

We offer the services that will work and that will save you money, leaving more for souvenirs and island hoping. Our satellite phone rentals will work while at port and while out at sea. When your ship comes into port, Cellhire can supply you with a GSM phone while on land. With access to networks in over 180 countries, we just need to know your destinations and can customize a solution that will fit your needs. If you are traveling with a large group, be sure and ask about availability of push-to-talk services and broadcast SMS to keep the group informed and connected.

No matter where you may be in this big world, Cellhire will keep you in touch and will offer you a sense of security knowing you are never more than a phone call away! Satellite and international cell phone rentals include VoiceMail, free incoming calls to most destinations and a complete accessory pack with universal charging adaptors. Cellhire is at your service with 24 Hour Global Technical Support, 365 days a year.

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iPhone app launched at Cannes Film Festival by Cellhire

Cellhire, a global wireless solutions specialist, has developed a unique iPhone application for Marché du Film, the organization behind the Cannes Film Festival.

Jérôme Paillard, Executive Director of Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes commented “Cellhire has developed a wonderful iPhone app that is quick, clear and makes great use of the iPhone user interface. It’s made a big impact at Cannes this year and will help us bring the power of the Cinando database to our users at film festivals throughout the year”.

The app provides on-the-move access to the Cinando cinema industry database for film professionals. The home page always shows the next available screenings at the current event (Cannes 2010) and provides a single click way to search for people, companies, films and listings. Attendees at the current event are highlighted with their on-site contact information to make staying in touch at annual film events that much easier.

The Cinando iPhone application is available now to download at the iPhone app store.

Cinando is a database dedicated to cinema industry professionals with up-to-the minute details of companies, contacts, films and screening schedules. The Cinando website attracts millions of views a year and Cellhire was asked to bring this online network to the iPhone. Cleverly, the app adapts throughout the year to pick up the current film event such as the Cannes Film Festival, Berlin EFM and Hong Kong Film Mart providing vital information on dates and screenings right on the home page. Although the Cinando application was initially designed for the Cannes Film Festival, it can be utilized throughout the year as a resource for all film industry professionals.

Tim Williams, Chief Executive of the Cellhire Group commented “Cellhire’s partnership with the Cannes Film Festival has continued to expand over the last 10 years from simply being a phone rental provider” he added “we are delighted that the delivery of this innovative new service was entrusted to us and to Cellhire’s in-house development team.”

Cellhire has provided communication solutions for numerous film events including the American Film Market, Sundance Film Festival, European Film Market and the Oscars as well as being the exclusive supplier to the Cannes Film Festival for twelve consecutive years.

The iPhone is a new addition to the Cellhire rental portfolio, combined with local French airtime, internet and SMS for Cannes. This solution offers free incoming calls and low national call rates throughout the duration of the event and comes with the Cinando application preloaded onto the handset. For further information visit

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Helping small business get started

Heading off to a trade show from New York to Los Angeles presented some challenges for our client. There was no missing this event, way to much on the line. It was necessary to attend and as with most companies, minimizing costs was mandatory.

The challenge

Mr. Christenson came to us seeking a data card solution. Connectivity at the event and hotel was just way too expensive. He needed something only for a 4 day trip so signing up with his carrier was not really an option given the demand to purchase the card and a 2-year contract.

The solution

Cellhire answered with an US unlimited data bundle. At first, he was a bit concerned about his lack of technical expertise, “hope it’s not too complicated, I don’t have time to mess around”. Cellhire’s 24 hour technical support team was at the ready to get him going and as it turns out, it was simple enough that he didn’t have to make the call.

The results

He was able to stay connected to his network throughout the entire show, placing orders real time, sending product information at the time of the request and staying connected to his e-mail, all for a nominal one time rental fee.

Just dropped the card in the bag and the bag in the UPS box when he got home and all was well. A successful event with some cost savings that only improved those margins! Glad we could help!

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Voice and Data Provider to the Soccer World Cup – South Africa

Messi, Ronaldo, Donovan, Cahill, Rooney and the list goes on. All the greats are competing at the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Cellhire will be there as well.

We expect to be providing several thousand voice and data connections into South Africa for the games and will offer on-site support. If you have not rented your phone, there is still time. We hope to see you there.

Visit for all the latest news and updates and to ensure you remain connected during the games.

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Avoid Data Shock – Introducing Cellhire DataManager®


Cellhire is pleased to bring our customers yet another value added service. The DataManager allows our customers to better monitor their collective data usage when traveling with our USB and MiFi® data connection devices.

The tool is simple to use, easy to install and allows you to monitor your usage and avoid overage fees. It will allow you to set limits and alerts and shows your usage per session and cumulated thru the duration of your trip. “Ensuring our customers have the tools they need to save money and be successful is our goal” said Peter Whelerton, Head of IS. “It’s important that our customers understand all the ways a PC might use data, from background updates to watching movies, we want to equip our customers with the knowledge to manage their data.”

To see more about this great tool, visit our support page at: